New Arrivals · Poetry

April 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


April 27, 2016
Miller, Wayne, 1976-
Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2016.
91 pages ; 22 cm
The poems of this fourth collection from Wayne Miller exist in the wake of catastrophe. It is a world populated by rogue gunmen on shooting sprees, a world where the only inheritance a father has to pass on is his debt. In this world, every box could be a bomb and what comes after is what is lived. And yet, this painful past is not set in stone. The past becomes the present, yielding toward an immediate future.

Selected poems

April 27, 2016
Waldrop, Keith, author.
Oakland, California : Omnidawn Publishing, 2016.
307 pages ; 23 cm
Selected Poems by Keith Waldrop gathers work of the quiet major poet and major poet of quiet from between 1968 and 2013.

The opposite of light : poems

April 25, 2016
Grey, Kimberly, 1985-
New York : Persea Books, 2016.
54 pages ; 23 cm
"A Karen & Michael Braziller book."

The black Maria : poems

April 21, 2016
Girmay, Aracelis, author.
Rochester, NY : BOA Editions Ltd., 2016.
120 pages ; 23 cm.
"Taking its name from the moon's dark plains, misidentified as seas by early astronomers, The Black Maria investigates African diasporic histories, the consequences of racism within American culture, and the question of human identity. Central to this project is a desire to recognize the lives of Eritrean refugees who have been made invisible by years of immigration crisis, refugee status, exile, and resulting statelessness. The recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award for Poetry, Girmay's newest collection elegizes and celebrates life, while wrestling with the humanistic notion of seeing beyond: seeing violence, seeing grace, and seeing each other better."to the sea"great storage house, history on which we rode, we touched the brief pulse of your fluttering pages, spelled with salt & life, your rage, your indifference your gentleness washing our feet, all of you going on whether or not we live, to you we bring our carnations yellow & pink, how they float like bright sentences atop your memory's dark hair. Aracelis Girmay is the author of two poetry collections, Teeth and Kingdom Animalia, which won the Isabella Gardner Award and was a finalist for the NBCC Award. The recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, she has received grants and fellowships from the Jerome, Cave Canem, and Watson foundations, as well as Civitella Ranieri and the NEA. She currently teaches at Hampshire College's School for Interdisciplinary Arts and in Drew University's low residency MFA program. Originally from Santa Ana, California, she splits her time between New York and Amherst, Massachusetts"-- Provided by publisher.

Admit one : an American scrapbook

April 20, 2016
Collins, Martha, 1940- author.
89 pages ; 23 cm.
In this collection of poetry, Martha Collins relentlessly traces the history of scientific racism from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair through the eugenics movement of the 1920s.

Trouble the water : poems

April 19, 2016
Austin, Derrick, 1989- author.
96 pages ; 23 cm.
"Rich in religious and artistic imagery, Trouble the Water is an intriguing exploration of race, sexuality, and identity, particularly where self-hood is in constant flux. These intimate, sensual poems interweave pop culture and history--moving from the Bible through several artistic eras--to interrogate what it means to be, as Austin says, fully human as a "queer, black body" in 21st century America"-- Provided by publisher.

The citizen poets of Boston : a collection of forgotten poems, 1789-1820

April 19, 2016
Hanover : University Press of New England, [2016]
xv, 234 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Selected poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

April 14, 2016
Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016].
liii, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From Renascence and other poems (1917) -- From Second April (1921) -- From A few figs from thistles (1920-1922) -- From The harp-weaver and other poems (1923) -- From The king's henchman (1927) -- From The buck in the snow (1928) -- From Fatal interview (1931) -- From Wine from these grapes (1934) -- From Flowers of evil (1936) -- From Conversation at midnight (1937) -- From Huntsman, what quarry? (1939) -- From Make bright the arrows: 1940 notebook (1940) -- From Mine the harvest (1954) -- Previously unpublished and uncollected poems -- Previously unpublished prose -- Selections from Letters, and a previously unpublished letter -- Appendix.

Quarter life poetry : poems for the young, broke and hangry

April 14, 2016
Jayne, Samantha, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
165 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
"The creator of the popular Tumblr and Instagram "Quarter Life Poetry" tackles the real-life truths of work, money, sex, and many other challenges 20-somethings face in a laugh-out-loud collection of poetry. Samantha Jayne knows that life post-college isn't as glamorous as all undergrads think it's going to be... because she's currently living it. A graphic artist, Sam started creating doodles and funny poems about her life as a 25-year-old. And when she decided to put them on Instagram, the captions were full of other people tagging friends and saying, "This is literally us." At a time where it seems like everyone around you is getting married, making more money than you do, and paying off their student loans, Sam's poetry captures the voice of millennials everywhere who know that being in your 20s can sometimes be the exact opposite of "the best years of your life." "-- Provided by publisher.

The lunatic ball

April 13, 2016
Stever, Margo, author.
Somerville, MA : Kattywompus Press, [2015]
26 pages ; 22 cm
"Travel back in time with Margo Taft Stever, to the lunatic ball, and along the way drink in her meditations on the world we inhabit, and the one we make."--Provided by publisher.

Play dead

April 13, 2016
Harris, Francine J., author.
Farmington, ME : Alice James Books, [2016]
xii, 85 pages ; 24 cm.
"This book talks smack. This book chews with its open mouth full of the juiciest words, the most indigestible images. This book undoes me. Francine J. Harris brilliantly ransacks the poet's toolkit, assembling art from buckets of disaster and shreds of hope. Nothing she lays her mind's eye on escapes. You, too, will be captured by her work."--Evie Shockley -- Lyrically raw and dangerously unapologetic, play dead challenges us to look at our cultivated selves as products of circumstance and attempts to piece together patterns amidst dissociative chaos. harris unearths a ruptured world dictated by violence-a place of deadly what ifs, where survival hangs by a thread. Getting by is carrying bruises and walking around with "half a skull. "From "low visibility":I have light in my mouth. I hunger you. You want what comes in drag. a black squirrel in a black tar lane, fresh from exhaust, hot and July's unearthed steam. You want to watch it run over. to study the sog. You want the stink of gristle buried in a muggy weather. I want the faulty mirage. a life of grass. we want the same thing. We want their deaths to break up the sun."-- Provided by publisher.

Night sky with exit wounds

April 13, 2016
Vuong, Ocean, 1988- author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2016]
viii, 89 pages ; 20 cm.

Alamo theory

April 12, 2016
Bell, Josh, 1971- author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, 2016.
viii, 109 pages ; 18 cm

Standing water

April 11, 2016
Chai, Eleanor, 1967-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
95 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A first collection of poems that bear a disarming lyricism and vulnerability"-- Provided by publisher.

Drone string : poems

April 11, 2016
Stanforth, Sherry Cook, author.
Huron, Ohio : Bottom Dog Press, [2015]
89 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In this fully mature first book, Sherry Cook Stanforth braids together place, family, and music in imagery that ranges from homey as zhominy and banjosy to taut as a dulcimer’s string. Drone String re-members the familial past, and imagines how, through the integrative power of tradition and memory, that past is part of now, insistent and intact. Vivid portraits and telling anecdotes remind us that all our lives are worthy, full of stories and meaning. A professor-musician, and part of a family band for decades, Stanforth has an ear for how people really sound, and for how poetry dances language into song."--Page [4] of cover.


April 8, 2016
Jess, Tyehimba.
Seattle : Wave Books, [2016]
235 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm

Pearl : a new verse translation

April 8, 2016
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016.
153 pages ; 22 cm

Visions of poesy : an anthology of twentieth century anarchist poetry

April 5, 2016
London : Freedom Press, 1994.
301 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

Rapture : poems

April 5, 2016
McCray, Sjohnna, author.
65 pages ; 23 cm
In this award-winning debut, Sjohnna McCray movingly recounts a life born out of wartime to a Korean mother and an American father serving during the Vietnam War. Their troubled histories, and McCray's own, are told with lyric passion and the mythic undercurrents of discovering one's own identity, one's own desires. What emerges is a self- and family portrait of grief and celebration, one that insists on our lives as anything, please, but singular. Rapture is an extraordinary first collection, with poems of rare grace and feeling.

Dothead : poems

April 5, 2016
Majmudar, Amit, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
104 pages ; 24 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
"Dothead is an exploration of selfhood both intense and exhilarating. Within the first pages, Amit Majmudar asserts the claims of both the self and the other: the title poem shows us the place of an Indian American teenager in the bland surround of a mostly white peer group, partaking of imagery from the poet’s Hindu tradition; the very next poem is a fanciful autobiography, relying for its imagery on the religious tradition of Islam. From poems about the treatment at the airport of people who look like Majmudar ('my dark unshaven brothers / whose names overlap with the crazies and God fiends') to a long, freewheeling abecedarian poem about Adam and Eve and the discovery of oral sex, Dothead is a profoundly satisfying cultural critique and a thrilling experiment in language. United across a wide range of tones and forms, the poems inhabit and explode multiple perspectives, finding beauty in every one." --


April 4, 2016
McGrath, Campbell, 1962- author.
xiv, 222 pages ; 24 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
XX is award-winning poet Campbell McGrath’s astonishing sequence of one hundred poems—one per year—written in a vast range of forms, and in the voices of figures as varied as Picasso and Mao, Frida Kahlo and Elvis Presley. Based on years of historical research and cultural investigation, XX turns poetry into an archival inquiry and a choral documentary.

Poems : new and selected

April 1, 2016
Rash, Ron, 1953- author.
xv, 171 pages ; 24 cm
Raising the dead -- Among the believers -- Eureka mill -- Waking -- New poems.
A collection of haunting lyricism that evokes the beauty and hardship of the rural South. In this incandescent, profound, and accessible collection, beloved and award-winning poet, novelist, and short-story writer Ron Rash vividly channels the rhythms of life in Appalachia, deftly capturing the panoply of individuals who are its heart and soul men and women inured to misfortune and hard times yet defined by tremendous fortitude, resilience, and a fierce sense of community. In precise, supple language that swerves from the stark to the luminous, Rash richly describes the splendor of the natural landscape and poignantly renders the lives of those dependent on its bounty in cotton mills and tobacco fields, farmlands and forests. The haunting memories and shared histories of these people their rituals and traditions animate this land, and are celebrated in Rash s crystalline, intensely imagined verse. With an eye for the surprising and vivid detail, Ron Rash powerfully captures the sorrows and exaltations of this wondrous world he knows intimately.

The destroyer in the glass

April 1, 2016
Warren, Noah, 1989- author.
xv, 85 pages ; 22 cm.

Ramshackle ode

March 31, 2016
Leonard, Keith (Keith R.), author.
New York : Mariner Books, 2016.
93 pages ; 21 cm
Containing joy and suffering side by side, Ramshackle Ode offers elegies and odes as necessary partners to bring out the greatest power in each. By turns celebratory, meditative, tender, and rebellious, these poems reimagine the divisions and intersections of life and death, the human and the natural world, the brutal and the beautiful. Time and again, they choose hope.

The swimmer

March 30, 2016
Koethe, John, 1945-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
82 pages ; 22 cm

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